UC Davis Writing Placement Survey

The UC Davis Writing Placement Survey will close on the last day of instruction of Fall quarter, December 10th, 2021. Incoming students for the 2021-2022 academic year should plan to take the survey before they enroll in their first writing class.

Welcome to the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey!

What is the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey and why do I need to complete it? 

UC Davis is committed to supporting students as they develop their writing abilities, and we offer a variety of courses to fit the needs of our diverse student population. Additionally, all University of California students are required to fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) prior to or within their first year. This survey will help you determine whether or not you have fulfilled this requirement and learn which writing pathway has the best course options for you. 

The UC Davis Writing Placement Survey is not a test, and you won’t pass or fail it. Instead, the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey will give you an opportunity to provide us with critical information and collaborate with us in placing you in the best writing pathway to fit your needs. By the end of the survey, you will learn more about the writing pathways UC Davis offers and corresponding courses within those pathways.

Who completes the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey? 

All incoming first year UC Davis students who have not already fulfilled the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) should complete the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey as soon as possible to determine where to begin their writing instruction. 

When should the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey be completed? 

As soon as possible, but ideally at least three weeks before your college’s Aggie Advising time.

How does the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey work? 

Once you start the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey, you must complete it within 1 week or you will be timed out of the system. You will read documents from actual writing courses at UC Davis and answer multiple-choice and open ended survey questions about the support you would need to complete similar tasks. Descriptions of the different writing pathways and their corresponding courses will also be available throughout the survey. 

Once you complete the survey you will either:

  • Receive a pathway recommendation indicating your initial course options and whether or not you have fulfilled the ELWR 

OR

  • Your survey will be forwarded to a faculty reader who will review your responses and communicate to you within 2 weeks your initial course options and whether or not you have fulfilled the ELWR. 

You can monitor your placement and ELWR status at any time by accessing the UC Davis Writing Placement application through the My Admissions tile, as well as in your Oasis record by going to Academic Record > Exams and Events > looking for the code “WP20” and scrolling to the bottom of the page for ELWR status.

How much does the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey  cost?

It is free for UC Davis students.

How do I access the UC Davis Writing Placement Survey and my results?

If you are a first-year undergraduate student who still needs to complete the Writing Placement Survey please email the writing placement team directly: writingplacement@ucdavis.edu.

After you have completed the survey, you will receive an email that directs you back to the Writing Placement Portal, where you can monitor and access your results. Your results will be loaded into your student record in OASIS within 3 weeks and can be accessed by going to Academic Record > Exams and Events > looking for the code “WP20” and scrolling to the bottom of the page for ELWR status.

The final placements are coded with a PATH#. The chart below will help you to understand the code that appears in Oasis.

A chart with information about the different possible lower-division writing course pathways offered at UC Davis.

The Banner code on the left will be displayed in Oasis. The PATH# corresponds to a particular course or set of courses. See the alloted time for ELWR satisfaction as a result of that placement on the far right.

Who should I contact if I need accommodations? 

Students who require accommodations should contact the Student Disability Center at UC Davis.

Who should I contact with questions?

Email the Writing Placement team writingplacement@ucdavis.edu for more information.